Archive for the 'Argentina' Category

Argentina, Political

A Nation Built on Contradictions

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Today is a holiday here, as it marks a very important anniversary in Argentina. On March 24, 1976 a military coup took place, officially putting control of the country in the hands of a dictatorship. This is commonly known as the Dirty War. It is estimated that between then and the return to democracy in [...]

Argentina, Practical

Better Urban Biking

Monday, March 15th, 2010

How do you bike safely from the Caminito in La Boca to Plaza Italia in Palermo? Take the Ciclovia the entire way. I’m not so hot on the current neoliberal government in Buenos Aires–which does more to help big business and only cosmetic things for the general public–but I am glad that they’ve added various [...]

Argentina, Political

Living with Inflation

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Summer vacation just ended here, and it’s a new year as well. As businesses get back to full steam, you notice how everything costs a bit more than it did last year. Everyone here is used to prices creeping up a little at a time, but some things suddenly. Right now there is a big [...]

Argentina, Español

Speak español like a native porteño en solo diez minutos

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

If are a native English speaker and have a typical high school knowledge of speaking Spanish, or something similar, you may want to fine tune your phrases before traveling to Argentina. Admittedly, after five years of living in Buenos Aires though I communicate well enough here, I can’t hide my gringo-ness 100%. Still, if you [...]

Argentina, Political

Beef good, Tofu bad

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

An article today in the New York Times, though talking a lot about the rise of the beef industry in Uruguay, also says plenty about what is happening in Argentina, where beef production is retreating to make way for more soybean production. This article does not fully explain this is happening. While it points to [...]

Argentina, Mixed Bag

Nuts and Bolts

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I walk outside to find a couple nuts and bolts I need. I have the measurement, so it should be no problem. First of all, I am disappointed to be told that in Spanish there is no word for bolt, just a big screw. I guess that the phrase “nuts and bolts” only works in [...]

Argentina, Arty

Fernando Peña

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Formerly just another gay flight attendant, he endeared much of Argentina. Fernando Peña passed away suddenly on June 17. Even though there remains a lot of machismo and homophobia in this country, Argentines of all walks of life were fascinated by Fernando Peña and mourned his death. I don’t know the story so well as [...]

Argentina, Practical

Interaction Design Association, Buenos Aires (IxDA-BA)

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

These photos are from a meeting at Milion Restaurant in Barrio Norte of the online group of IxDA of Argentina. The IxDA (Interaction Design Association) is an international organization dedicated to professionals who want to make digital media (mostly the Worldwide Web) more human and more usable. The challenges in Argentina are more severe where [...]

Argentina, Political

The Open Veins of Latin America

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

“Now, let me be clear, just because he handed me a copy of Peter Pan does not mean that I’m going to read it — but it’s good diplomatic practice to just accept these gifts” – Barack Obama, 2009 White House Correspondents Dinner Hugo Chavez gave this book to Barack Obama. It seems as if [...]

Argentina, Soft

A quick take

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Various pebbles always find their way to me, as well as other meaningful objects. Algunas cositas y piedritas que me llegan.